Book launch: Rebel Priest in the Time of Tyrants

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 00:00

A Quebec missionary fighting for social justice in Haiti, Ecuador and Chile

Book launch, film and discussion with Claude Lacaille moderated by Ted Schmidt

This is Claude Lacaille’s first-hand account of the extraordinary oppression and poverty he witnessed in Haiti, Ecuador, and Chile between 1965 and 1986 where thousands shed blood simply for resisting oppressive regimes, politics and economic doctrines. The men and women featured in Lacaille’s story are an inspiration for those who still believe in a better world. This is an impressive story of courage and solidary, inspired by a left-wing Christianity truly faithful to the Gospel.

Claude Lacaille’s memoir helps understand what “the preferential option for the poor” really means. Like other advocates of Liberation Theology, Claude Lacaille saw it as his duty to join the resistance, particularly against Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet. But the dictators were not alone; they enjoyed the support of the Vatican under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

“(a) wonderful testimony… inspired and inspiring pages.” Miguel d’Escoto Brockman, M.M.

“This is a moving book.” Ted Schmidt, Editor, The New Catholic Times and Theology in the Vineyard.

“The story of the struggles against Pinochet’s neo-liberal dictatorship is an epic… So much courage and solidarity, inspired by a left-wing Christianity truly faithful to the Gospel, impresses, moves, and stirs one’s admiration.” Le Devoir, Montréal

Claude Lacaille is a priest of the Foreign Mission Society (Société des missions étrangères) and a Biblicist who lived in Haiti and Ecuador from 1965 to 1974 and in Chile from 1975 to 1986. Prevented from returning to Chile by both Chilean and Ecclesiastical authorities, Claude Lacaille continued to fight for justice and freedom. He lives in Trois-Rivières, Québec.

Organized by A Different Booklist and Baraka Books


Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– Free
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.

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